The Love Witch
2016, Anna Biller, USA, 120 min. With Elle Evans, Samantha Robinson.
- Fri, Feb 9th 2:00pm
- Mon, Feb 12th 8:15pm
- Wed, Feb 14th 6:00pm
“A rubicund marvel, and a deadpan madhouse comedy." — Ray Pride, Newcity
“Spellbinding…embraces the melodrama and vampy camp of ‘60s horror while also considering the easy conflation of love, desire, and narcissism.” — Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader
By means of sorcery, Elaine (Evans in a star-making performance), a newly arrived and newly widowed witchy temptress, hilariously has her fatal way with a succession of square-jawed hunks in a quiet Northern California town whose amenities include a strip club, a Victorian tearoom, and a highly suspicious Renaissance Faire run by the local witches’ coven. Director Biller (VIVA) pulls off an astonishing tour de force filmed in sumptuous 35mm, for an over-the-top retro experience that harks back to the heyday of the Italian giallo genre and the feminist sexploitation delights of Roger Corman protégé Stephanie Rothman (THE VELVET VAMPIRE). This sexy witch boosts her supernaturally seductive powers with concoctions whipped up in her lair, but somehow the objects of her affection fail to satisfy, calling for more drastic measures. 35mm. (BS)
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